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Aviation & Airline

The airline industry offers many specific types of jobs and careers. Examples include pilot, flight operator, engineer, airways flight inspector, maintenance technician, air traffic controller, jobs in quality control and testing, aircraft electrician and flight instructor. Some schools offer a bachelor of science degree in aviation.

There are various types of schools, as you may have noted in your contemplation of working in the airline and aviation field. They may be referred to as aviation schools, aviation training, aviation colleges, aviation centers and aviation universities. More specifically, some are under the heading of "flight school." There are also army aviation schools and naval aviation training facilities.

The airline and aviation industry is expecting a good outlook for the future in terms of jobs and careers. Almost everyone flies in a plane at some point in their lives. People will need to man the planes and see that they are in good working order. That takes thousands of employees for the number of airports and airlines operating today. General trends in national and international growth are good, with increases in number of passengers and numbers of flights offered. Small hubs have small planes making hops between them which means there are several levels of service to the public and the corporate world. Many large airlines have reported improved income and there are very few in bankruptcy trouble.

Schools will also be termed airline schools, airline training centers, airline training programs, airline training academies and airline colleges. Commercial airline training is another category listing jobs in the field. Corporate jets are increasing in number along with smaller jets for the public. More flights can be offered as a result because it is not as difficult to manage smaller aircraft than large aircraft. Large planes may only have one flight per day to a small air hub, whereas smaller ones might make three or four, giving customers more choices and more opportunities to fly. The airlines took a hit in 2001 after 9/11, but seem to be recovering from that for the last four years.

Something else to consider is that there are airlines all over the world in a vast number of countries. Foreign language speakers are not limited to English-speaking areas. All of Central America and most of South America are Spanish-speaking, and of course, Spain. Looking at all aspects of the airline and aviation industry will likely elicit several possible careers and the schools in which to pursue them.

Salary Comparison: Aviation
Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics

The salary range for Aviation begins around $32,020 and usually tops out around $150,480, with a mean in the neighborhood of $91,250. This is about 110% higher than the national average for annual salaries.

In order to qualify for most Aviation positions, you typically need to have a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

Growth Outlook: Aviation
Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics

The growth outlook for Aviation careers is estimated at about 12% while the estimated growth for all career fields over that same span is at about 10.12%. Over the next six years, Aviation jobs are expected to grow at a 19% higher rate than the national average for annual salaries.